Mixtape

Mixtape: Christmas 2014

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Ah, one week until Christmas Eve which just so happens to be one of my favorite days of the entire year. Of course not for the most obvious of reasons. Santa is a pretty cool guy though. It also means I’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen baking and cooking loads of meals, and attending holiday gatherings. Both of those occasions, at least according to me, require some great tunes which is why I’ve decided to share my yearly Christmas mix. My 2012 mix happens to be my most popular mix ever and I’m really proud of it, so this years fits the same theme and mood. There’s a mixture of classics and some newer versions in addition to some of my all time favorites.

Christmas music tends to be an acquired taste since it’s shoved down our throats beginning the day after Halloween no matter how good or bad the versions may be, so I did my best. I’ve also included one giant four hour long Spotify playlist of all sorts of holiday tunes. I didn’t mean for to be four hours, but sometimes a festive mood just begins to snowball.

Links and tracklisting to follow. Enjoy, and happy holidays!

  1. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
  2. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  3. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
  4. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Michael Buble
  5. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Sam Smith
  6. River – Joni Mitchell
  7. Christmas Must Be Tonight – Bahamas
  8. Real Love – Tom Odell
  9. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  10. Merry Christmas Darling – Christina Perri
  11. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love
  12. The Christmas Waltz – Peggy Lee
  13. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
  14. A Snow Globe Christmas – Pink Martini
  15. Dear Santa – Mr Little Jeans
  16. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Woody Herman
  17. I’ll Be Home for Christmas – Bing Crosby
  18. Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding

Listen on 8Tracks or Spotify

Other playlists: The most popular Christmas 2012 / Massive Christmas playlist

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In the Kitchen: Thanksgiving 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving Eve, my fellow Americans! Time to start prepping one of the largest meals of the year which requires (as far as I’m concerned) some great tunes. My prep begins quite early tomorrow so the music in this mix is mostly relaxing, indie pop and some of my current favorite songs. I made a Thanksgiving mix a few years ago which was much more jazzy and classic so this is bit of a departure from that. Basically, it’s perfect for a Thanksgiving brunch, Friendsgiving, working in the kitchen or even the travel home. Now a disclaimer, this is really my prep playlist this year so there will be songs by artists maybe you personally are not fond of. Trust me. Give it a chance. If not skip it and enjoy the rest!

Tracklisting and links below. Enjoy and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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October Mix: Halloween 2014

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For as long as I can remember Halloween has been a big deal in my family. Not only for trick or treating, but for every little aspect of the holiday. Is it a holiday? I don’t even know. My family embraces all of it; horror movie marathons, fun size candy bars, and, most importantly, scaring the daylights out of each other with hidden decorations and popping out of dark rooms with masks on. Seriously, I’ll never forget my dad jumping out of the hallway in an ape mask. I cried for 3 days I’m positive.

Every year I make a playlist and this year is no exception. They usually end up containing the same songs because, hey, a classic is a classic, right? But this year I decided just to cut to the chase and make a playlist of the cheesiest, cliche, and greatest Halloween songs. It’s perfect for a party situation or maybe just handing out treats to kids with grubby little hands who feel entirely entitled to candy you purchased with your adult money.

Tracklist and links are below. I also included links to all previous years mixes I made public. Hopefully something floats your boat.

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Mixtape: Summer 2014

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Summer doesn’t unofficially end until Labor Day next Monday (can’t believe how soon that is), but I’m calling Summer 2014 officially to a close today. Not only are my fall semester classes about to pick up speed, but I’m entirely over the heat and pretend relaxation. So today I’m sharing those songs that forever will remind me of this summer. It’s quite honestly the most diverse pot of songs I’ve posted in awhile, and I’m okay with that. Now I’m ready to usher in fall which, as everyone knows, is much more my style.

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July Mix: Missing You

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Sometimes for whatever reason whether it be a breakup or just great distance separates us from someone special. At the risk of sounding like a young adult novel, it feels like a giant gaping hole in the pit of ones chest, and it sucks. It no doubt sucks more than anything should suck. How some people just manage to cope with it, I’ll never know. Myself on the other hand just has an overwhelming feeling of sadness that can’t even be tamed with a bowl of ice cream. And the next day it will feel like everything is going to be just fine. That’s life, I suppose. The other day, I sat down and made a playlist of songs that really just convey the feelings of missing someone so much it hurts a little bit more than normal. I wouldn’t say they necessarily help cope with the situation, but they definitely enable a little bit of feeling. I once heard somewhere, “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.” So here’s an utterly depressing but beautiful playlist. Even if you’re not missing someone it’s still filled with beautiful music. Tracklisting will, as always, be behind the cut.

Available for streaming on: 8Tracks / Rdio / Spotify whichever tickles your fancy.

Original image via: Habitually Chic

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Music Monday Playlist!

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So basically what happens in my little world is I hear a song or two and then I end up listening to it fairly obsessively for the next week or so. Everywhere I go or every task I try to complete is soundtracked by these songs. I haven’t done a current rotation in a bit, so I figured today I’d just share some of the things I can be found listening to. I try to keep my Tumblr updated with a steady stream of songs I currently love, but sometimes that even that stream runs dry. Not to mention I love making playlists for myself. I do a lot of commuting so I need good tunes. And I love pretending anyone cares about these, so humor me.

The playlist is available for streaming over @ Spotify or you can take a peek at the track list below. Enjoy!

Photo via Tumblr

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Birthday Playlist: 1994

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Ah, my birthday. There’s no better time to be filled with nostalgia so for this year’s birthday playlist I’m heading back to 1994. In 1994, I was 7 years old. I was a fairly dorky elementary school kid with such a diverse taste in music. I watched a lot of MTV. Remember when like when they actually played music? I can honestly say I don’t recall plenty of memories from when I was 7, but I remember Kurt Cobain’s death, and I remember not being able to watch Power Rangers because OJ Simpson decided to have a crazy freeway police chase which was frankly, just rude.

Let’s take a look back at 1994 where a gallon of gas cost $1.09:

Important Stories:

  • Nelson Mandela became president of South Africa
  • Tonya Harding was stripped of her figure skating championship after planning an attack on Nancy Kerrigan
  • OJ Simpson was involved in the famous Bronco freeway police chase
  • Ice Hockey was officially named as Canada’s winter sport
  • Jackie Kennedy Onassis died of cancer

Music Events:

  • Kurt Cobain commits suicide
  • Tupac was shot 5 times after entering a Manhattan recording studio
  • Green Day released Dookie
  • Oasis released Definitely Maybe
  • Woodstock ’94 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock
  • Sabatoge by the Beastie Boys is one of the most popular videos airing on MTV
  • Harry Styles is born

Popular Television/Movies/Trends:

  • Movies: Forrest Gump, Pulp Fiction, and the Lion King
  • Television: Friends begins airing, E.R. and Seinfeld
  • The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers is the most popular children’s program (and important thing in my life)
  • Children’s toy: My Sized Barbie (I got one for Christmas)
  • Fashion: Chokers, One strapped overalls, bike shorts, “grunge”

Awards:

  • Best Picture of the Year at the Academy Awards: Schindler’s List
  • Album of the Year at the Grammys: The Bodyguard soundtrack
  • Video of the Year at the MTV VMAS: Cryin’ by Aerosmith

Now onto the playlist. I spent plenty of time looking at the Billboard charts, popular videos on MTV, and various other lists to determine what some of the best songs of 1994 were. Okay, maybe not exactly all the best, but they were pretty popular. It was really the greatest study for finals procrastination activity and afterwards I compiled them into this playlist. Tracklist and Links below!

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The Weekender: 15 March

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Oh, how I love Saturday mornings. The combination of quiet and coffee is delightful. But then I suddenly realize how many things I really should be doing and all relaxation ceases to exist. You win some, you lose some right? Plenty of exciting things are happening this weekend, but more on that later. For now here’s some cool things from the around internet.

The Weekender: January 24

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It’s been a strange week filled with colds and weird messed up schedules because of three day weekends. Let’s just get to the links.

Mixtape: Early Mornings and New Beginnings

January is all about new beginnings. Or at least it feels that way. So this newest mix encompasses all of those feelings of optimism that come with a brand new year or even a brand new day. I’ve just finally come around to posting it, so enjoy.

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Tracklisting:

  1. New Morning – Bob Dylan
  2. Whatever (Folk Song in C) – Elliott Smith
  3. Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song) – Oscar Issac and Marcus Mumford
  4. A tout a l’heure – Bibio
  5. This Will Be Our Year – the Zombies
  6. Holocene – Bon Iver
  7. Far Away – Junip
  8. What’s the World Got In Store – Wilco
  9. Through the Dark – One Direction
  10. Hold On, We’re Going Home (Drake Cover) – ASTR
  11. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
  12. Road to Nowhere – Release the Sunbird
  13. New Year – Beach House
  14. Don’t Lie – Vampire Weekend
  15. The New Year – Death Cab for Cutie
  16. Someone Will – Dawes
  17. Stay Alive – Jose Gonzalez
  18. No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses
  19. Ready to Start – Arcade Fire

Available on: Spotify* and 8Tracks

*Spotify version is missing the Drake cover by ASTR